Andrea Sisson is an interdisciplinary artist working in installation, imagery, performance, writing, video/film, sound, and conceptualist art. She is a J. WILLIAM FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR GRANT recipient and her collaborative work has been shown at São Paulo Museum of Image and Sound & Palais de Tokyo in Paris. Sisson is based in Los Angeles, and is currently between Baltimore for a low-residency Studio Arts program during the summers.
Sisson is a conceptual artist. She is currently working on installation and experimental spaces, a bi-monthly public-access show, several essay pieces, and is in the development of two performances. Her work is anthropological and philosophical, and makes conceptual performance based-work using narrative and stories. She uses concept and research with a current attempt at creating a poetics of the 21st century & a sort-of current-day cultural collage. And she can often be found engaging in cultural & critical theorizing.
Quoting artist Martin Kersels with her use of medium:
“I’m not a photographer. I’m an artist who uses photography when the idea dictates. And I think that’s okay because I’m also a performance artist who makes objects, or I’m an object-maker who does performances. I think these labels are less important than the ability to go in the directions I’d like for each work.”
– Martin Kersels in conversation with Ian Berry, Associate Director, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College
Andrea began her career with a BA in Design in which she created sculptural and wearable objects using wood, strings, and fibers. In 2009 she was awarded a CFDA Honorable Mention for her 2009/2010 conceptual portfolio and in 2010 after acclaim for her wearable-instrument, audio-design thesis & installation performance (an exhibition and performance of her wearable instrumental sculptures at the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati) she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for academia and art. The project involved four wearable and functional sculptures, creating a moving sound performance. With the fellowship, Andrea lived in Reykjavik, Iceland and created the experimental, feature-length, poetic documentary, I Send You This Place. The film is a hybrid and research-based, fiction/non-fiction film that Sisson wrote and performs, and with collaborator co-created the imagery, music, and soundscapes. The film involves themes around the diagnosis of mental illness & acceptance of eccentricities and was made with collaborator Pete Ohs. It garnered a New York Times Review, and Andrea was selected for Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film 2013.
Additionally, Sisson recently collaborated (co-directed, designed, and produced) a on a feature-length film, Everything Beautiful is Far Away starring Julia Garner & Joseph Cross and premiering June 2017 at the Los Angeles Film Festival (acquired by The Orchard for commercial digital distribution Dec 2017).